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Brocker I 823
Exception/Terminology/Agamben: on the one hand, the exception is excluded from the norm as an individual case, but on the other hand, what is special about the exclusion relation is "that what is excluded is therefore not completely without relation to the norm; on the contrary, it remains connected with it in the form of its abolition". (1)
Homo sacer/Agamben: the "Holy Human": is not protected from the outset, but on the contrary a possible sacrifice; see Holiness/Agamben.
Brocker I 827
The exceptional conditions infect politics as a whole and this mutates into an administration of states of emergency; this is Agamben's central insight. See Politics/Agamben.
Brocker I 830
The spell: is the original political relationship - and not the treaty, as the liberal democracies make it believe.
Sovereign power: is originally aimed at the production of naked life, which represents the threshold of the connection between "zōḗ" and "bíos" - the figure of the citizen and his political freedoms therefore appears as a power-political illusion.
The camp replaces the state as the biopolitical paradigm of the West - and thus also sheds a radically different light on the current understanding of public space.


1.Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer. Il potere sovrano e la nuda vita, Torino 1995. Dt.: Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben, Frankfurt/M. 2002, p. 27.


Maria Muhle, „Giorgio Agamben, Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben“, in: Manfred Brocker (Ed.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Agamben I
Giorgio Agamben
Homo sacer – Die souveräne Macht und das nackte Leben Frankfurt 2002

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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